It is of high importance to us that all participants fully understand the purpose, benefits, risks, procedures, and personal rights that come with the study. The purpose of this study is to determine the impact of salt sensitivity on blood pressure. All pre-study screening and diet procedures are low risk. There is slim to no chance of harm; however, participants are still encouraged to read through the given informed consent forms for further knowledge.

It is important to note that all participants are not obligated or required to stay in the study. If participants are unable to complete the study for health or personal reasons, participants have the full right to withdraw at any point during the study.

The pre-study genetic screening test is used to asses genetic criteria of prospective participants interested in entering the two-week diet study. This genetic screening includes cheek swab, urine, and blood sample collection. To read more information on the purpose, benefits, risks, procedure, and more involved in the pre-study genetic screening test, read the informed consent form at the left.

Pre-Study Genetic Screening Test Informed Consent Form

Diet Randomization Informed Consent Form

As stated under Two-Week Diet, the two week specially prepped diet will consist of one week of low-salt diet and one week of high-salt diet. The diet is based on sodium intake and is very low risk. The two-week diet study is a blind, randomized study. Researchers and participants will be unaware who is receiving which diet. Each diet (low and high-salt diet) has an equal chance of being randomly selected as the first diet in the two-week study. To read more information on the purpose, benefits, risks, and procedure of the diet randomization, read the Informed Consent at the left